The word ‘Fika’ means ‘taking a break for a coffee and a bite to eat’ in Swedish and the owners go out of their way to make you feel welcome and at home here. The design is cute and authentic from the blond woods, bench seats, Swedish candy and the blue and yellow crockery. The blonde waitstaff are all smiles and make everyone, especially children feel really welcome.
The space is limited inside so if you have a pram or an active toddler, its best to grab one of the tables outside facing the courtyard. The menu is shown on the blackboard, breakfast is served until 11.30am, lunch from 12pm and sandwiches from 3pm. There is no children’s menu however there are plenty of options here to keep them happy such as half a breakfast bun with ham or cheese, toast or a cinnamon bun. They may also like the O’Boy which is a sweet chocolate milky drink.
I am told all the food is made in-house daily. We visited late morning so were lucky enough to sample both the breakfast and the lunch menu. The breakfast plate was delicious and a great option to share with little ones. It consists of a boiled egg. ham or cheese roll, fresh orange juice and muesli with yoghurt – all presented beautifully on a wooden tray. Other authentic Swedish options include crisp bread with either mashed egg and Kalles caviar or liverpate and pickled cucumber. The menu is small however everything is done well. For lunch you can’t go past the Swedish meatballs with mash, onion gravy and lingonberry jamor a gravalax open-faced sandwich with mashed egg, hovmastar sauce and dill. We opted for takeaway for both of these lunch items and they were both delicious.
Everyday they have a ‘nameday’ competition and if they select your name, you receive a free coffee. They have two types of coffee here, Campos and Bryggkaffe which is a medium strength Swedish filter coffee. We tried both and whilst I admit Bryggkaffe was drinkable, I am a Campos girl all the way.
We can’t wait to return to Fika and love their healthy and authentic menu and relaxed atmosphere. A welcome addition to the Manly cafe scene. If little ones want more of a play, visit the playground on The Corso which you can access through the shopping arcade just opposite Fika.